It’s just two letters transposed that can completely change the meaning of your sentence — or make you look like an idiot! The best suggestion I can offer up to help when you’re “editing on the run” is to keep in mind the hard sound of an angle, that stiff sound of the g meeting the l. Now, aanngelll is so much softer…
Or think about that angel and what angle he might be playing when he shows up at the foot of your bed..!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun; Verb, transitive||Noun 1, 2, 3;
Verb 1, 2
A spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God
[Informal] Financial backer of an enterprise, typically in the theater
[Aviation] Unexplained radar echo
Person of exemplary conduct or virtue
A term of endearment
Used in approval when a person has been or is expected to be kind or willing to oblige
[Simile] Used to refer to a person’s outstanding beauty, qualities, or abilities
Space usually measured in degrees between two intersecting lines or surfaces at or close to the point where they meet 1
A corner, especially, an external projection of an internal recess of a part of a building or other structure
Position from which something is viewed or along which it travels or acts
Particular way of approaching or considering an issue or problem
[Astrology] Each of the four mundane houses that extend counterclockwise from the cardinal points of the compass and often used with an adjective
Angle iron or a similar construction material made of another metal
[Archaic] A fishhook 2
Member of a Germanic people, originally inhabitants of what is now Schleswig-Holstein, who migrated to England in the 5th century AD, founding kingdoms in Mercia, Northumbria, and East Anglia. Gave their name to England and the English. 3
Fish with rod and line 2
Seek something desired by indirectly prompting someone to offer it
Present information to reflect a particular view or have a particular focus
Oh, darling, would you be an angel and help me with this?
She sang like an angel.
George, she looks like an angel,” he sighed.
We need some angel investors.
Hey, there’s a skylight in the angle of that roof.
Poor guy, I can tell from the angle of his shoulders that he’s depressed.
From this angle, the sniper could see everything.
So that’s the angle you’re taking!
Her husband was angling to get into the Cabinet.
Now, wait just wait a minute, what are you angling for?
He was angling for something, some bit of info he could sell.
Joe intends to angle for that big trout.
Anna angled her camera toward the tree.
He angled his chair so that he could watch her.
|Adjective: angelic||Adjective: angled
|History of the Word:|
|Old English engel from the ecclesiastical Latin from the Greek angelos meaning messenger.
The Middle English engel was superseded by the Old French angele.
|1 Late Middle English, from the Latin angulus meaning corner via Old French.
3 From the Latin Anglus; the plural is Angli meaning the people of Angul, a district of Schleswig, which is now in northern Germany, so called because of its shape. It’s of Germanic origin and related to the Old English angul 2.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
Pinterest Photo Credits:
“Fisherman at Lake Merced” is Brocken Inaglory’s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL licenses, and “The Angel Gabriel Sent by God” by Giotto is in the public domain; both are via Wikimedia Commons.